The Advancement Project is a a national multi-racial civil rights organization that focuses on racial justice issues. The organization opposes voter ID laws, supports automatic voting rights restoration for all felons, and seeks to reform public school disciplinary procedures which it believes disproportionately impact minority students.
The stated mission of the Advancement Project is to "fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy."
The co-directors of Advancement Project’s national office are Judith Browne Dianis and co-founder Penda D. Hair. The organization also has a California-based office whose directors include Advancement Project co-founder Constance L. Rice.
The Advancement Project has received funding from George Soros and the Tides Foundation and is a recommended funding target of the Democracy Alliance, a network of progressive donors who coordinate their political giving.
The Advancement Project is known for its opposition to voter ID laws. The Advancement Project was a primary supporter of the defeated California Proposition 38 in 2012, which would have increased state income tax rates for most Californians, resulting in increased revenues to the state of about $10 billion a year.
Board of Directors
Advancement Project's national office in Washington, D.C. is governed by a 17-member board of directors. The board includes Bill Lann Lee, Joe Alvarez, Arlene Holt Baker, Harry Belafonte, Stephen R. English, Bonifacio "Bonny" Garcia, Esq, Penda D. Hair, Gerry Hudson, Barrett S. Litt, Pam Martinez, Molly Munger, Katherine Peck, Constance L. Rice, Sheila Thomas, Gerald Torres, Tom Unterman, and Jesse Williams.
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